Academics

Steve Morics

Professor, Math/Compt Science

Degrees: Ph.D., Mathematics, University of Virginia, 1994; M.S., Mathematics, University of Virginia, 1990; B.A., Mathematics, St. Olaf College, 1987

Office: Math & Computer Science , Appleton Hall #205

Phone: 909/748-8633 Campus Ext. 8633

E-mail: steven_morics@redlands.edu

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Academic Interests and Areas of Expertise

Mathematics and Social Choice, Mathematics and Music, Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education.

Professional Background Highlights

  • 2 presentations at MAA-AMS Joint Meetings, San Diego, January 2009: “New technologies for faculty: Wikis, discussion boards, and clickers” and “Capstone and one-semester research projects for a variety of students.
  • Written seven reviews for MAA Online, and referred five articles for Mathematics Magazine and College Mathematics Journal.
  • Member of MAA's Committee on the Mathematical Education of Teachers (COMET), developing documents and guidelines for adequate mathematical preparation for current and future teachers, January 2009 - January 2012.
  • Member of the editorial board for MAA’s Spectrum Series.
  • Future projects include an in-class module introducing recent results in voting theory to non-majors, and an examination of topics in group theory which appear in music, being cowritten with a former student, now a faculty member at Loyola Marymount.

Courses Offered at Redlands

MATH 100, 101, 111, 121, 122, 201, 204, 221, 241, 245, 311, 312, 341, 459; Topics courses in Combinatorics and Game Theory; First-Year Seminar on Mathematics and Political Choice; Proudian Seminar.

Previous Teaching Experience

Visiting Assistant Professor, Oberlin College, 1994-1995

Awards, Honors and Grants

  • Outstanding Teaching Award, University of Redlands, May, 2008
  • Innovative Teaching Award, University of Redlands, May, 2001
  • Coordinated 2 Project Intermath Grants, which led to the current course MATH 212, Mathematical Consulting
  • Outstanding Mathematical Teaching Assistant, University of Virginia, 1994

Publications, Presentations and Panels

"Capstone and one-semester research projects for a variety of students," Co-Organizer and Panelist, AMS-MAA Joint Meetings in San Diego, January, 2008.

"New technologies for faculty: Wikis, discussion boards, and clickers," Panelist, AMS-MAA Joint Meetings in San Diego, January, 2008.

"A New Look at Arrow's Theorem," at California State University, San Bernardino, February 21, 2007 .

"Mathematics and Social Choice: A First-Year Experience for Non-Majors" at the Southern California-Nevada Section of the MAA Fall 2004 meeting, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

"Take Your Seats: Apportionment in the United States and Iraq" at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California, April 2004.

"Voronoi Diagrams and Scheduling Forest Rehabilitation," with Co Livingston, at the North Central Section of the MAA Spring Meeting, Macalester College, St. Paul, MN, April, 2003.

"Mathematics Education Research Done Right, or How I Learned What a Genetic Decomposition Is" at Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN January 29, 2003.

"A Mathematical Consulting Experience for Undergraduates" at the summer meeting of the Associated New American Colleges, Ithaca, New York, June 14-16, 2001.

"A Mathematical Consulting Experience for Undergraduates" at the Mathematics Across the Curriculum Conference, July 1999, University of Indiana, Bloomington, Indiana.

"Why 1?" at the Claremont Colleges Mathematics Colloquium, April 1999.

"Reading Right to Left: The LIttlewood-Richardson Number", Contributed Papers Session at the Southern California Section of the MAA Fall 1997 Meeting, October, 1997.

"Development of Students' Understanding of Cosets, Normality and Quotient Groups" with Mark Asiala, Ed Dubinsky, David Mathews, and Asuman Oktac. Journal of Mathematical Behavior, 16(3), 241-309.

"Students' Understanding of Cosets, Normality, and Quotient Groups", Special Session on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education, AMS-MAA Joint Meetings, San Diego, California, January 1997.

Professional Affiliations

  • Mathematical Association of America
  • Phi Beta Kappa (serving as Secretary of the Redlands’ chapter, the Xi of California chapter)

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He is named after Clarence Howe Thurber, University president from 1933-37.

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